Love in Early San Francisco

Courtesy of the National Park Service

Courtesy of the National Park Service

Gary Kamiya, the author of The Cool Grey City of Love writes today in the SF Chronicle about the star-crossed love affair between a Russian  officer and Dona Maria de Concecio Marcela Arguello in 1806 when San Francisco consisted of little else but Mission Dolores and the Presidio.

The 15-year old Arguello was “known to her family as Conchita” and  “was described by her brother as “the beauty of the two Californias.”

They fell in love, had an engagement party and he headed back to Russia to finish his mission and to then return, but the 42-year-old came down with pneumonia and never recovered. READ THE FULL STORY HERE

 

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